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Coach_Guinn_2015.jpgHead Coach Michael Guinn
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Michael Guinn is entering his sixth season as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Bethany.

Over the course of his tenure at Bethany, Coach Guinn has coached five athletes to All-PAC status. This past season, freshman Jordan Castro and junior Ryan Donnelly earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. In 2012, Donnelly and Brooke Bosworth raced to Honorable Mention All-PAC honors. In 2011, Joanna Mongelluzzo finished third overall to earn First Team All-PAC, the best showing by a Bison runner since 2003, and also took 30th place at the NCAA MidEast Regional to earn All-Region honors. On the men's side, Cory Yarrington raced to Second Team All-PAC accolades for the second consecutive year. 

Guinn was previously an assistant at Seton Hill from 2008-2010. In his two seasons, he helped take the Griffins men’s cross country team from fourth place in the WVIAC to a conference championship. In addition, he also coached Josh Wilks to Indoor and Outdoor All-American honors in the 800-meter run.

Prior to his time at Seton Hill, Guinn was the associate head coach for the track and field and cross country programs at West Virginia Wesleyan from 2004-08. He had a hand in the Bobcats’ women claiming four WVIAC cross country and outdoor track team titles, as well as one men’s cross country and two outdoor track and field championships.

Overall in the seven years of collegiate coaching experience before Bethany, Guinn’s efforts helped produce a total of 13 WVIAC team conference championships, 30 First Team Cross Country All-Conference awards (16 women, 14 men), 54 Track & Field individual championships (29 women, 25 men) and one All-American (Wilks).

Before his coaching career began, Guinn was just as accomplished as a runner. At Alderson-Broaddus, he was a three-time All-Conference performer in cross country, which included winning the 2001 WVIAC Individual Cross Country championship. Guinn’s victory helped propel A-B to the conference team title and he also qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships. 

After transferring to the University of Charleston, Guinn won back-to-back WVIAC crowns in the 10,000 in 2002 and 2003 while provisionally qualifying for NCAA Championships in the event both years. He is the only WVIAC runner in history to be named All-Regional four times.

Guinn graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a minor in business.

(Updated December 17, 2015)